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seperate room 35 41.18%
kitchen and living room combined 50 58.82%
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Old January 3rd, 2013, 05:17 PM   #21
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Eating out for every meal soon gets expensive though, especially for multi-person households..
In Europe definitely. In most of Asia you can have a good meal for a few EUR even in expensive cities like HK or Singapore.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 01:21 AM   #22
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Maybe because you don't cook so well?
let's say there's nothing special about my cooking but it's decent. i use a lot of spices, bay leaves, onion, garlic, and cook a lot of meat (bacon, leftover kfc, chicken liver, fish, ewwww, especially fish)

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you must certainly not be a spoiled teenager or young adult eating and dropping food in their living everytime watch a movie or play games or just watching normal tv
if you see my apartment, you'd think i'm a little too clean for a man.. LOL.. I love food but I hate the smell..
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Old January 4th, 2013, 04:45 PM   #23
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Honestly a closed kitchen is only useful for those who host formal occasions or dinners, especially if you have a maid doing the cooking. My parents' house is quite old, and beneath their dining room table there's an ancient buzzer mechanism that once upon a time would be used for ringing the waitress; I believe this is quite common in old European manors and villas.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 12:43 PM   #24
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^ think more about takeaways then restaurants here. Again some of them are so cheap buying the ingredients needed at a downtown grocery is probably more expensive. Restaurants usually add up because of the drinks.
I am not a fan of take-aways at all. The food gets spoiled so much in both taste and texture ..... except a GOOD ITALIAN pizza. That, just like wine, it gets better with age (or getting cold)


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My Dad's takeaway shop has an open kitchen.
It's the Cantonese style probably

However in a sit-in restaurant, while the concept of the open kitchen might seams nice and trendy, still the smell would interfere with your dining experience, so a Glass partition would be a good compromise.
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Old January 5th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #25
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^ are you going to cancel the standard kitchen as well? You get €5.000 in return if you do (cash!). It's not a bad kitchen but to upgrade it to the level that I wanted (marble plate, induction cooking, gripless) they asked another €3.500. For €8.500 total I think can do better, or at least get me something that doesn't look like it came standard.
I kept mine, but with some modifications, like a black granite plate for example.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 09:56 PM   #26
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I have an ensuite living room. The ensuite is where the dining area and the kitchen is. I really like this kind of lay-out.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #27
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would you mind sharing your floor plan?
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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:38 AM   #28
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I can draw a picture for you. I don't have an official floorplan. It has however two living rooms, one of which has the kitchen and the dining area and then there are three bedrooms (all rather small). And then there is the bathroom and a seperate toiletroom. On top of that I have a balcony on the backside of my apartment.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #29
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based on your description, you have quite a big apartment.. if i have 2 living rooms, i wouldn't mind having an open kitchen in one then save the other for a more formal venue for my guests, the only drawback of an open kitchen for me is the smell, otherwise, it looks good..
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Old January 22nd, 2013, 09:41 PM   #30
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separate room, I don't mind living/dinning room combined though. But not all 3 into 1, that's just an excuse to be cheap.
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 08:33 PM   #31
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I agree with the idea of an open kitchen for those who cook for themselves and singles in general. However, in case of a family it could be better to have a separate spot for the kitchen, but the living and dinning room can be kept together.
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Old January 29th, 2013, 11:49 PM   #32
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My answer is kind of in between. I prefer my kitchen to be a separate room but open to the living room.
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Old January 30th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #33
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Mine is joined kitchen, living room and dining room.
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Old February 6th, 2013, 11:03 AM   #34
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Separate, open kitchens is just a cheap solution to avoid walls.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 11:26 PM   #35
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Separate kitchen because if it's mess in kitchen - it's mess in whole apartment.
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Old February 10th, 2013, 07:57 AM   #36
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Old February 10th, 2013, 08:16 AM   #37
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Separate, open kitchens is just a cheap solution to avoid walls.
We wanted our kitchen, dining room and living rooms all combined for ease of access, less walls and crap to manoeuvre, you can talk to some one in the lounge from the kitchen, keep an eye on any kids (whether they're in the lounge, kids room, pool, dining room), etc etc. There are many benefits to an open kitchen/dining/lounge, and it isn't the cost.. believe me

Kitchen, dining and lounge rooms from the hallway to the kids play room




The kitchen, dining room and deck from the capsule hall




Deck, BBQ area, dining and kitchen from the backyard.

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Old February 10th, 2013, 02:45 PM   #38
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Nice. Without walls betweem these spaces, it looks more open and bigger.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 11:40 PM   #39
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My opinion kind of changed after seeing a lot of floor plans and models. I used to like the traditional separate kitchen but the idea of being able to entertain guests better makes me want an open concept. I guess with the open concept there's a battle between formal versus informal and the smell of food throughout versus the opportunity to entertain better.
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Old March 3rd, 2014, 11:50 PM   #40
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^ good point. Below is my kitchen (seen just before I moved in, seats 4), and it's great to be doing the cooking while the guests are sitting around the table-part of the kitchen counter as you can still be engaged in the conversation while doing it. Plus it's very easy to grab or fix something during the dinner. It's almost like a chef's table that some restaurants have in their kitchen. Plus it doubles as a bar after dinner.

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